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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
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This is a tea I love, and never want to be without. My adoration of white tea came as quite a surprise, initially. I didn’t actually realise I liked it until I was introduced to whole leaf tea, having only had a dreadful shredded teabag variety previously.

This is such a light, smooth, creamy tea. You have to admit that, in the packet, it just looks odd. There are leaves, twigs, and the furry white buds, and the dominant colours are white, grey, and black. It looks very much like sweepings from a forest floor. But oh, the taste!

I don’t find this tea strongly floral, whatever its name might suggest. There is a floral element to the smell once brewed — it’s rather like sitting in a garden on a spring day. To taste, it’s very delicate and light, with a slight honey-like sweetness. I imagine it to be rather like drinking nectar.

In the cup, this tea has a much darker colour than I was expecting. There’s absolutely no hint of bitterness or astringency, however. I haven’t yet experimented with multiple infusions, so it will be interesting to see how this affects the taste.

So far, drinking this tea has been a heavenly experience, and one I will definetly repeat.

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

This is one of my favorites too! It doesn’t get astringent until the 3rd infusion, so I definitely strongly recommend re-steeping the leaves. Otherwise, you’re really missing out!! (And it lowers the overall cost by re-using the same leaves too). ;)

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This is one of my favorites too! It doesn’t get astringent until the 3rd infusion, so I definitely strongly recommend re-steeping the leaves. Otherwise, you’re really missing out!! (And it lowers the overall cost by re-using the same leaves too). ;)

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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